Manage Azure Cosmos resources using Azure CLI

The following guide describes common commands to automate management of your Azure Cosmos DB accounts, databases and containers using Azure CLI. Reference pages for all Azure Cosmos DB CLI commands are available in the Azure CLI Reference. You can also find more examples in Azure CLI samples for Azure Cosmos DB, including how to create and manage Cosmos DB accounts, databases and containers for MongoDB, Gremlin, Cassandra and Table API.

Use Azure Cloud Shell

Azure hosts Azure Cloud Shell, an interactive shell environment that you can use through your browser. Cloud Shell lets you use either bash or PowerShell to work with Azure services. You can use the Cloud Shell pre-installed commands to run the code in this article without having to install anything on your local environment.

To launch Azure Cloud Shell:

Option Example/Link
Select Try It in the upper-right corner of a code block. Selecting Try It doesn't automatically copy the code to Cloud Shell. Example of Try It for Azure Cloud Shell
Go to or select the Launch Cloud Shell button to open Cloud Shell in your browser. Launch Cloud Shell in a new window
Select the Cloud Shell button on the top-right menu bar in the Azure portal. Cloud Shell button in the Azure portal

To run the code in this article in Azure Cloud Shell:

  1. Launch Cloud Shell.

  2. Select the Copy button on a code block to copy the code.

  3. Paste the code into the Cloud Shell session with Ctrl+Shift+V on Windows and Linux, or Cmd+Shift+V on macOS.

  4. Press Enter to run the code.

If you choose to install and use the CLI locally, this topic requires that you are running the Azure CLI version 2.0 or later. Run az --version to find the version. If you need to install or upgrade, see Install Azure CLI.

Create an Azure Cosmos DB account

To create an Azure Cosmos DB account with SQL API, Session consistency in East US and West US regions, run the following command:

az cosmosdb create \
   --name mycosmosdbaccount # must be lowercase and < 31 characters \
   --resource-group myResourceGroup \
   --kind GlobalDocumentDB \
   --default-consistency-level Session \
   --locations regionName=EastUS failoverPriority=0 isZoneRedundant=False \
   --locations regionName=WestUS failoverPriority=1 isZoneRedundant=False \
   --enable-multiple-write-locations false


The Azure Cosmos account name must be lowercase.

Create a database

To create a Cosmos database, run the following command:

az cosmosdb database create \
   --name mycosmosdbaccount \
   --db-name myDatabase \
   --resource-group myResourceGroup

Create a container

To create a Cosmos container with RU/s of 400 and a partition key, run the following command:

# Create a container
az cosmosdb collection create \
   --collection-name myContainer \
   --name mycosmosdbaccount \
   --db-name myDatabase \
   --resource-group myResourceGroup \
   --partition-key-path /myPartitionKey \
   --throughput 400

Change the throughput of a container

To change the throughput of a Cosmos container to 1000 RU/s, run the following command:

# Update container throughput
az cosmosdb collection update \
   --collection-name myContainer \
   --name mycosmosdbaccount \
   --db-name myDatabase \
   --resource-group myResourceGroup \
   --throughput 1000

List account keys

To get the keys for your Cosmos account, run the following command:

# List account keys
az cosmosdb keys list \
   --name  mycosmosdbaccount \
   --resource-group myResourceGroup

List connection strings

To get the connection strings for your Cosmos account, run the following command:

# List connection strings
az cosmosdb list-connection-strings \
   --name mycosmosdbaccount \
   --resource-group myResourceGroup

Regenerate account key

To regenerate a new primary key for your Cosmos account, run the following command:

# Regenerate account key
az cosmosdb regenerate-key \
   --name mycosmosdbaccount \
   --resource-group myResourceGroup \
   --key-kind primary

Next steps

For more information on the Azure CLI, see: